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- The Bermuda Triangle, located in the South Atlantic between Florida, Puerto Rico and Bermuda, is considered the epicenter of shipwrecks and plane crashes.
- The theories behind the eruption of tragedies run the gamut from supernatural causes, like aliens and time distortions, to extreme weather events like waterspouts and rogue waves.
- According to the US Coast Guard and NOAAthere is no evidence that ships or planes go missing more frequently in the Bermuda Triangle than anywhere else in the world.
Fourteen men in five torpedo bombers. Thirty-one passengers aboard a commercial flight. A US Navy ship carrying 306 men. All are victims the so-called “Bermuda Triangle” (see box), an area of the South Atlantic bounded by Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and the island of Bermuda.
The first mention of the Bermuda Triangle, sometimes called the Devil’s Triangle, dates back to 1964, when a writer named Vincent Gaddis cataloged the many disasters which had been going on there since the late 1800s in a pulp magazine called Argosia. Ten years later, paranormal enthusiast Charles Berlitz published a best selling book about it, aptly named The Bermuda Trianglewhich went on to sell more than 14 million copies.
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Since then, the Bermuda Triangle has become a permanent fixture in our collective imagination, becoming a term synonymous with mysterious disappearances and tragedies. Today, there are more Bermuda Triangle conspiracy theories than there are ships at sea; here are seven of the most common.
It was Charles Berlitz himself who passed on the idea that the lost city of Atlantis was somehow responsible for the shipwrecks and plane crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. Since then, others have piled on this theory, arguing that technology developed by the Atlanteans, including crystal energies– is still active on the seabed, causing mechanical malfunctions in boats and planes above. The biggest flaw in this theory, of course, is that Atlantis does not exist.
A rogue wave is an unusually large and unpredictable swell of water, usually twice as high as the waves around it. Few years ago, scientists from the University of Southampton in England claimed that the waters of the Bermuda Triangle were particularly ripe for rogue waves due to storms moving in all directions. Some of the waves, researchers say, could reach 100 feet in height. Although the scientists’ work garnered a ton of attention, they couldn’t explain what would cause a plane to crash into the Bermuda Triangle.
The Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth where a compass will point to true north instead of magnetic north. While true north is the fixed point where lines of longitude converge on a map, magnetic north is constantly moving; it is the point on the Earth’s surface where its magnetic field points directly downward. The difference between the two is called “declination” and all trained ship and aircraft pilots know how to take this into account when plotting their course.
So, the conspiracy theory that the compass is malfunctioning are behind the macabre history of the Triangle is easily debunked. First, it assumes that many experienced pilots were simply unaware of magnetic declination. Secondly, it cannot explain the very many boats and planes that pass through the area without incident.
No surprise here: where there are conspiracy theorists, there are usually UFOs. In this case, the story goes that aliens use the Bermuda Triangle as a portal to our planet. There they gather the people and technology they need to conduct their research on our species. This theory explains why many ships and planes that sink in the Bermuda Triangle are never recovered.
In 2016, a group of researchers from the Arctic University of Norway announced that they had discovered massive half-mile craters at the bottom of the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway. The craters, they theorized, were caused by sudden explosions of deep, underwater deposits of methane.
Many conspiracy theorists have leaned into the idea, arguing that the phenomenon may be responsible for shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle. However, a few months later, the researchers themselves burst that bubble, so to speak. “We make no connection to the Bermuda Triangle,” they said in a Statement 2016 published by the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment, and Climate, a coalition of scientists who study Arctic marine geology.
Could the Bermuda Triangle be a portal to another space and another time? A pilot named Bruce Gernon says so. “I didn’t believe in time travel or teleportation until it happened to me,” Gernon says. The pilot alleges that “a fog surrounded my craft and I jumped 100 miles ahead”. You do not believe it ? Fortunately, Gernon “documented what happened and memorized every detail of this theft”, publish a book on his experience in 2017.
According to Nasa, waterspouts are columns of moist air that form over warm water. Similar to a tornado in the ocean, waterspouts can exhibit wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour. Because the Atlantic Ocean off Florida is one of the most active areas in the world for this severe weather phenomenon, some have speculated that it may be responsible for the Bermuda Triangle disasters.
Although unproven, this theory is perhaps the closest to the truth, as both the United States Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have said any accidents in the area were likely caused by bad weather. and inexperienced navigators. The same time, the two agencies claimed that there is nothing special about the Bermuda Triangle:
“The ocean has always been a mysterious place for humans, and when bad weather or poor navigation is involved, it can be a very deadly place. This is true all over the world. There is no evidence that mysterious disappearances occur with greater frequency in the Bermuda Triangle than in any other large, busy ocean area.
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